Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Prediction: Arsenal vs Leicester

Verdict: Arsenal draw no bet 

Best Odds: 8/13

Bookmaker: Bet365

Two sides who have a European finish at the top of their agenda, a resurging Arsenal will welcome Leicester to an empty Emirates on Tuesday night.

Arsenal

Starting with the hosts, despite showing plenty of cause for concern when making their return from the enforced break last month, it appears that Arsenal are a team on the rise. Really bouncing back from their stunning late defeat away at relegation scrappers Brighton, Mikel Arteta’s side really made a statement away at Molineux over the weekend. Shocking many across the Premier League and landing a stunning 2-0 win away at Champions League chasers Wolves on Saturday evening, the Gunners have won their last four matchups across all competitions and now find themselves sat just three points adrift of breaking into the top-six. Along with shinning in the final third and also landing three Premier League clean sheets on the bounce for the first time since November 2017, there is no doubt that their former skipper will be hugely excited by Arsenal’s recent displays in North London. Including hitting a rock-bottom Norwich for four in their last appearance at the Emirates, Tuesday’s hosts have won their last four straight top-flight matchups on home soil and have collected 16 points out of a possible 18 over their last six contests in the capital.

Team News

Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe is expected to be back in contention after he missed the win over Wolves because his wife was giving birth.

Calum Chambers, Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli are out for the season.

Leicester

As for the visitors, while Leicester might have also shown some real issues when returning to action last month, they too picked up what was a much-needed morale boost at the King Power on Saturday. Landing a thumping 3-0 win against a fading Crystal Palace on home soil, the Foxes once again find themselves holding a three-point buffer from slipping out of the Champions League positions. Landing their first win since returning from the break over the weekend, Brendan Rodgers will now be desperate for his side to make some real alterations on the road. Including a 2-1 defeat when they made the trip to Goodison Park last week, Leicester have failed to win any of their last five Premier League contests away from the King Power, collecting just a pair of points on that run. Although the Foxes might be seeking some stability, they will be boosted by what is an eye-catching record against Tuesday’s hosts. Including a 2-0 win when they faced off against the Gunners earlier in the season, Leicester have landed back-to-back wins against the top-six chasers.

Team News

Leicester midfielder James Maddison remains a doubt because of an ongoing hip complaint.

Ben Chilwell and Ayoze Perez both face fitness tests after they were forced off against Crystal Palace.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Including a 2-0 win earlier in the season, Leicester have landed back-to-back victories against Arsenal.
  • However, the Foxes have failed to win any of their last five Premier League away fixtures, collecting just two points.
  • Arsenal have won their last four matches across all competitions.
  • The Gunners are also unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches at the Emirates, collecting 16 points.
  • Jamie Vardy’s brace in Leicester’s 3-0 win against Crystal Palace saw him take his overall Premier League tally to 101 goals.

Conclusion

Really laying down a marker away at Wolves over the weekend and now in the midst of a four-match winning run across all competitions, Arsenal will be looking to pick up another scalp in midweek. Enjoying their brightest run since Mikel Arteta took over in North London, the Gunners now have a top-six finish at the top of their agenda. While Leicester might have picked up a much-needed morale boost against Crystal Palace on Saturday, the Foxes have continued to show a string of issues on the road. Failing to win any of their last five contests away from the King Power, Brendan Rodgers’ side could be in for another tough test on Tuesday.

Verdict: Arsenal draw no bet

Best Odds: 8/13

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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